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- Date: Sunday, December 20
- Time: 12 p.m. CT
- TV: FOX
A few weeks ago when the Vikings were in the middle of their second-half surge and the Bears couldn’t stop losing, this matchup didn’t seem like it would be too difficult for Minnesota to come away with a win.
But with the Vikings struggling a bit more during their last few games and Chicago just getting a 29-point win over the Houston Texans last week, Sunday’s game could be a lot closer than what some had previously anticipated.
There are some things that the Bears have been doing well during their last few games that also happen to fall in the same categories as some of Minnesota’s biggest weaknesses this season.
The Vikings offensive line has struggled more often than not this year and they’ll be taking on a Chicago defense that accumulated a total of seven sacks against the Texans last week. For a team in Minnesota that is coming off a game last Sunday in which they gave up six sacks to the Bucs, things aren’t about to get any easier this weekend against the Bears.
The Vikings have also had trouble when it comes to stopping their opponent’s rushing attack this season. With David Montgomery back in the lineup since Week 12, Chicago has rushed for at least 120 yards in each of their last three games.
This will likely end up being a close matchup and one that comes down to the final possession. Unfortunately for Minnesota, they have someone in struggling kicker Dan Bailey who could make it harder to leave the field with a win this weekend.
Prediction: Vikings lose (record falls to 6-8)